After having gone to several concerts (30+) for both indoor and outdoor venues in a very short time, we've gained a lot of wisdom that we'd like to share these concert tips. Whether you're a concert newbie or experienced, the below tips will help you stay ahead of the crowd and have a more satisfying experience.
Behold the Pre-Sale!!! To get premium seats for a reasonable cost before they're released to the public, do your best to take advantage of any and all pre-sale opportunities. Check ticketmaster.com and other ticket vendor websites for pre-sale mentions. You may have to order using a certain credit card or by using a passcode that is easily found on the internet. Trust me it's worth it... The pre-sale seats are usually excellent and worth the extra steps.
Seat Selection When you buy your seats try to avoid being in the middle of a large row as this will make things very inconvenient for bathroom/concession breaks.
Arrive Late if Possible If you know with certainty that there is an opening act and you don't care to see this band, you may consider arriving later to the concert. By doing this, you will bypass the crowd, thus making it easier on you to travel to the concert and arrive at your seats.
Park Close to Path to Exit When you park, try to park far enough away so that you are positioned closer to the beginning of the traffic line. Also, if there's an option to park in a parking garage do your best to avoid this as the drive out can take hours. It may take being stuck behind a lot of traffic to realize how much these tips will help you.
Band T-shirts If you are wanting a band t-shirt instead of waiting at the first t-shirt stand you see, remember that there are several of them and the lines will be shorter the further away from the entrance (Also, at some concerts people will be selling unique shirts outside of the venue after the concert at a highly discounted price (1/3 of the cost).
Bathroom It's best to use the bathroom during the time the opening act is performing or during a less popular song, introductions, or solo performance.
Leave Early Try to leave during one of the last songs. I know it's difficult to do this especially if you're waiting for a certain song, but if you can convince yourself to do this it will let you beat the crowd out of the arena/stadium and get you ahead of traffic. I understand if it's your favorite band that you will want to stay till the end. There are always exceptions.. :-)
To Intervene or not to Intervene In the event that you have disruptive people sitting around you who are making it difficult to enjoy the concert, we've learned from experience that being vocal and speaking out against their behavior will very likely worsen the situation. You can, but be warned you're probably better off going to a common area than saying something.
(Bonus) If you came with another person, try to coordinate line waiting for bathrooms & concession stands between each other as lines will get longer in time. Once the person is back from the bathroom they either continue waiting or get the food and take it back to your seats while the other person gets in line for the bathroom.